04 Aug 2019
List of records broken by Steve Smith in first Test
Former Australian skipper Steve Smith has a special love affair with the Ashes.
In the last Ashes, Smith ended up as the highest run-scorer as he helped Australia win the tournament.
And the ongoing opening Test in the Ashes, his first post the 12-month ban, has seen him scoring twin centuries already.
Here, we look at the records scripted by Smith so far.
Smith breaks Virat Kohli's record, becomes second-fastest to 24th ton
Smith came up with a splendid batting performance as he struck 144 in the first innings, which was also his 24th Test century.
In the process, he also became the second-fastest to 24th Test century, after Don Bradman.
He broke Indian skipper Virat Kohli's record, who had taken 123 innings to attain the same, while Smith completed it in his 118th inning.
Smith equals Michael Hussey's record
Following his smooth ride in the first innings, Smith continued with the same momentum in the second as he scored his 25th Test century.
In the process, he also equaled the record of the most number of consecutive 50+ innings in The Ashes, held by Michael Hussey.
Both the men have scored six consecutive such innings in The Ashes.
Other records Smith scripted following 25th Test ton
Steven Smith's twin tons:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) August 4, 2019
- first in his Test career
- 5th Aus batsman in Ashes
- 8th batsman overall in Ashes
- 2nd batsman at Edgbaston#Ashes2019
How has the match panned out so far?
Opting to bat, Australia were bundled for an average total of 284 in the first innings, with Smith's 144 headlining the innings, while pacer Stuart Broad claimed 5/86.
England gave a fight-back as they posted a total of 374, courtesy Rory Burns, while Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon claimed three each.
Currently, Australia have a lead of over 150 runs.
Smith becomes second-fastest to 25th Test ton
Smith became the second-fastest to his 25th Test ton in 119 innings, after Bradman. He once again broke Kohli's record, who had attained it in his 127th inning.